Onwards to 1931

Another year done (not that any year in the timeline is ever complete; more stories and pics are being dropped in all the time) another year started. I’m busy uploading material from 1931, so far including a gallery of pillion seats which, under the latest Road Traffic Act, had to be properly made and fitted. You’ll also find roadtests of the 490cc ohv Norton and the third-generation Ivory Calthorpe. Then there’s a report on a snowbound Bemrose trial, an autocycle with Sachs appeal, Burman’s latest four-speed box and an RAC patrolman who stopped a runaway horse-drawn milk float on his motorbike. And I’ve barely started. There are also more pics to browse through in the second melange picture gallery.

“Journey’s beginning. Edward Farrell and W Johnson, of Widnes, Lancs, are setting out on a world tour via Turkey, the Sahara, Capetown, India, Australia and America. Their machine is a ‘Sloper Ariel’, and they are seen receiving a send-off from the makers’ works at Birmingham.”

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